NOAO Currents

June 2014  •  Issue 30

 

Currents

Currents is a sparkplug for communication between NOAO and our community. It provides updates—and solicits community input—on NOAO observing opportunities and NOAO programs and policies on a more rapid timescale than is possible with the NOAO Newsletter.

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Good News for DESI and the KPNO Mayall Telescope: The Department of Energy (DOE) Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5) just completed their review of the full DOE portfolio of science initiatives, and has recommended that DESI be started in all but the leanest budget scenario that P5 was asked to consider.

TMT Science Forum in Tucson: The Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory and NOAO will host the second TMT Science Forum on 17 to 19 July 2014 in Tucson, Arizona. The NSF is offering travel support for US astronomers to attend this meeting (contact tmt@noao.edu for information). Registration Deadline: 10 June, 2014

The LSST Cadence Workshop: NOAO and LSST will host an inaugural workshop on the LSST cadence during the week of August 11 - 14, 2014, in Phoenix, AZ, in conjunction with the larger LSST Project and Community Workshop, with the goal of engaging the community to provide input for optimizing the ultimate LSST observing cadence. Hotel and registration deadline: 11 July, 2014

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Correction: BigBOSS/DESI transition

In the June 2014 version of NOAO Currents, the transition from the Big Baryonic Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BigBOSS) project to the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) was characterized as a name change. We have been reminded that the actual transition process involved a multi-step process involving the Department of Energy (DOE), National Science Foundation (NSF) and several community-based panels that ultimately led to the creation of the DESI project targeted for the NOAO/KPNO Mayall 4-m from the merger of two existing project concepts known as the Dark Energy Spectrograph (DESpec) (led by Fermilab) and BigBOSS (led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LBL). The on-line version of the original article has been revised to reflect this history. Not recalling this history in the original article was simply an oversight. No disrespect was intended for anyone or any Federal agency involved. Our apologies.

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